How To Use Alexa Commands

How To Use Alexa Commands

Alexa commands: Amazon’s voice assistant, Alexa, is infiltrating your home, your beach trips and even your ride to work. Now that there are many ways to interact with Alexa – with the TapEchoEcho DotEcho LookEcho ShowDash Wand, and the Amazon Fire TV – you might find yourself talking to her more often.

The list of commands is expanding rapidly, as is the number of third-party services and devices that Alexa officially (and unofficially) supports. Here is the (almost) complete list of Amazon Alexa commands.

How To Use Alexa

Funny Alexa Commands

By default, Amazon’s connected speakers have the same wake word. All you have to do to queue up a request is say, “Alexa.” In the Amazon Alexa mobile application or at echo.amazon.com, you can change the wake word to either AmazonEcho or Computer.

If you have an Amazon Tap, Dash Wand or the Amazon Fire TV voice remote, you’ll need to press a button to wake Alexa. Amazon updated the Tap with a hands-free mode that you must enable in the settings. The only wake word available to the Amazon Tap is Alexa.

Earlier this year, Amazon added a feature called Follow-Up Mode that makes it easier and faster to issue multiple commands to Alexa without having to keep repeating the wake word. When you enable the feature, Alexa will continue to listen for another command after it’s completed your first request. You can keep issuing more commands until you’re done or until you say “stop.”

has also built on this a multiple commands feature by allowing you to string two related commands into one. You can say something like, “Alexa, play folk music in Amazon at volume six,” or “Alexa, add bread, milk, and eggs to my shopping list.”

Editors’ note: Originally published on April 13, 2016, this article is regularly updated to include new Alexa commands, features, and information.

Amazon Alexa Commands

Amazon Alexa Commands

Learning a go-to list of Alexa commands requires a bit of time, but doing so is essential to making your Amazon Echo experience the best it can be.

After all, Alexa without your commands is nothing – the voice assistant living inside your smart speaker is there to bring music, control smart home gadgets and bring daily weather and news updates.

So, whether you’re just learning to talk or you’re a smart home veteran in need of a refresher, here’s 80 of the best Alexa commands to try.

Your first Alexa commands

“Alexa, play [artist/song/album name].”

“Alexa set a timer for 10 minutes.”

“Alexa, what’s the weather today?”

“Alexa set an alarm for [time].”

“Alexa, play [radio station].”

Alexa Music Commands

“Alexa, play [genre]”

“Alexa, play

from [music service].”

“Alexa, play the latest [artist name] [album/song]”

“Alexa, play Sunday morning music”

“Alexa, who sings this song?”

“Alexa, pair my phone”

“Alexa, louder”

“Alexa set the volume to 6”

“Alexa, turn this off in [minutes].”

“Alexa, create a disco playlist.”

“Alexa, play [song] by [artist] from [service] in the [Sonos device name]”

Best Alexa Commands

The best Alexa commands to use in your smart home. Read my list of commands that is easily organized to find what you need fast. You will be surprised by everything you can do with a simple command to your Echo Dot!

Amazon is constantly expanding the capabilities and the list of commands you can use with your Echo devices. There are even more Echo commands available with the 3rd party skills.

The list of Alexa commands in this article are the commands I find most useful in my smart home. This list will be updated as new features are added. Tell me your favorite commands in the comments below!

Don’t forget to enable Alexa Brief Mode so don’t say OK everything time you ask her for something.

Alexa Spotify Commands

Using your voice, you can ask to control your music, get the news and weather, set alarms, and control smart home devices such as lights, smart plugs, and locks. can get you directions, track your calendar, order products off of Amazon, read books, find local restaurants and answer your questions by grabbing information off of Wikipedia and Wolfram Alpha. It can do so much that you’ll want to make sure you’re taking full advantage of this personal assistant. These how-tos will help you set up your Alexa speaker, connect it to your smart home devices, play music, and much more.

Which Speaker Is Right For You?
Before you even purchase an -enabled speaker, make sure you’re getting the one that best suits your needs and budget.How to Set Up the Amazon Echo Dot?
The Echo Dot is Amazon’s least expensive and most popular Alexa speaker. Here’s how to get it set up.Amazon Alexa Setup: Features to Enable and Disable?
You just bought an Amazon Fire TV, Echo or Echo Dot. Here are the settings you’ll want to adjust before you start using it.

How to Make Amazon Alexa Understand Your Voice?
By using the Echo in conjunction with the Alexa app, you can train the personal assistant to better understand your vocal patterns.

How to Make Alexa Speak Faster or Slower?
Alexa’s default voice isn’t for everyone. Whether you want your voice assistant to slow down or speed up, all you need to do is ask.

How to Change the Amazon Echo Wake Word?
You don’t have to say “Alexa” to wake Amazon’s voice assistant. Here’s how to change Alexa’s name.

How to Enable Alexa’s Follow-Up Mode?
You don’t need to keep saying “Alexa…” every time you want her to do something.

What is Alexa Voice Shopping, and How You Can Use It?
Did you know you can order stuff from Amazon just by talking to Alexa? Here’s our brief explainer on Voice Shopping.

What to do About Accidental Amazon Orders?
Did you—or someone else—order something on Amazon that you’d rather not have? Here’s how to cancel the order, if you act fast enough.

The Best Amazon Alexa Commands
There are a lot of things that you can ask Alexa to do; here are some of our favorites.

Can you make custom Alexa commands?

Customization takes just a few minutes

If you own an Echo, it’s easy to get started making your own custom commands. Just go to the Alexa Blueprints website and log in to your Amazon account. From there you can pick a blueprint for commands.

Can you put Alexa to sleep?

Go to sleep with Alexa’s help

Using your Alexa device, you can now set a sleep timer for music within Alexa Routines. For example, you can create a “Good Night” routine that will play sleep sounds, music, or white noise for an hour before automatically turning off.

Can I change Alexa’s voice?

Luckily for you, you can indeed change Alexa’s voice to that of another English-language regional accent. By the end of 2019, you’ll even be able to change voice to that of Samuel L. Jackson, the first in Amazon’s line of celebrity voices. You can also change the language as well.